So tomorrow (1 March 2014) the last two stations on the first phase of the Dubai Metro (red and green lines) will open. These are two stations at the end of the green line – Jadaf and Creek. The stations themselves were completed quite some time ago ready for opening when they were required. Check out the location of the two new stations on the Dubai Metro Map.
The first stations opened on 9th September 2009 and so it has taken over 4 years to get the whole of the first phase stations to open. This was not the plan when the Metro was in the planning stages but once the global financial crisis hit a number of the stations were put on hold due to the fact that the developments around the stations the that Metro was there to support, were also put on hold. It was therefore deemed that it would not be cost effective to open those stations until such time as those developments were up and running and there was a requirement for the Dubai Metro at those locations.
So now, 4 years on and there are plans to extend the Dubai Metro even further, particularly after the success of the bid for Expo 2020. The green line is said to be extending into academic city and International City were there are massive communities to support of exactly the type of demographic who are likely to use the services of the Metro.
The aim of the Government of Dubai is still to decrease road usage and increase use of public transport which is shown by a number of initiatives that will be opening in the coming few years, the next of which will be the commencement of operations on the Dubai Tram network in November 2014.